FALLEN soldiers of The Great War from the Wee County will be remembered at an event in Alva Academy next week, with families invited to join.

Each year some of the school’s pupils take a field trip to the battlefields in Belgium and France, visiting graves of local soldiers, placing poppies, laying wreaths and paying their respects to the people who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The young people had been researching to gather information ahead of the trip, which took place in June, and are holding the annual Evening of Remembrance to pay their respects again.

Families of the soldiers the children researched are being invited to join the evening at the academy’s Assembly Hall.

The event is taking place next Wednesday, November 13, from 7pm – it is free to attend with donations to Poppy Scotland and the British Legion welcome.

Family members of the below soldiers, who are invited to attend, can contact clsfinn@glow.sch.uk or clkclifford@glow.sch.uk or call the academy on 01259 452 322 for more information.

The soldiers researched and remembered were:

Private Fergus Hunter: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Upper Mill Street, Tillicoultry)

Private Daniel Robertson Knox: Canadian Infantry (Ann Street, Tillicoultry)

Lance Cpl Andrew Hall: Gordon Highlanders (Holton Square, Sauchie)

Private Matthew Jack: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Gowanbank, Dollar)

Private James Ferguson: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Long Row, Menstrie)

Private James Sneddon Fyfe: South African Infantry (Coalsnaughton)

Lance Cpl Robert Geary: Black Watch 1st Bn. (Erskine Street, Alva)

Lance Cpl Richard Kirk: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Cobden Street, Alva)

Private William Paterson: Black Watch (James Street, Alva)

Corporal Thomas Ramsay: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (George Street, Alva)

Private John Rushton: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Sunnydale, Alva)

Peter Snadden: Fitter Royal Field Artillery (Hill Street, Tillicoultry)

The school trip in June was a prominent one, indeed at the time teachers explained how it can leave a strong and lasting impression on the young people.

A part of the experience was a visit to the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing.

Here, pupil Archie Baxter had the rare honour to play his pipes as he joined three regular buglers who play the Last Post at 8pm - a daily ceremony that has carried on uninterrupted since July 2, 1928.

The school was honoured to be able to lay a wreath as part of the procession while Archie played Fingal’s Weeping, which he found and prepared himself.

The seasoned resident piper from Ypres, the town where the memorial stands, was said to be highly impressed by the display.